WASHINGTON, June 30, 2015 — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie just announced his candidacy for the Republican Party’s presidential nomination in 2016. Although he was once high in the polls, he is now near the bottom. But after his announcement speech, that may change. He nailed it with exactly the message that America needs to hear. That is “truth, growth and opportunity.”
In so many crucial areas, Americans don’t know what to believe. Is the economy doing well, producing an average of 200,000 jobs per month, or is it producing only part-time jobs and beginning to fade? Are we winning the war against ISIS, or are ISIS’s power and influence growing? Will the agreement we’re negotiating with Iran prevent them from getting a nuclear weapon, or will it actually help make Iran a nuclear state and the greatest power in the region? Is Obamacare a success for insuring millions, or do the high deductibles, high premiums and effects on employment make it a failure?
Americans just want to know the truth.
Christie said he will tell it exactly as it is, even knowing that he will rub some people the wrong way. He says he will always mean what he says and say exactly what he means. He emphasized he will tell the truth, even when it is politically painful.
Christie said he will work with anyone regardless of party affiliation. Many Republicans dislike him because of how warmly he embraced President Obama after Hurricane Sandy, just a week before the presidential election. New Jersey voters knew he simply wanted to get the most help from the federal government to speed his state’s recovery from this major disaster. His sole motivation was to benefit the people he was elected to govern, regardless of political theater.
For the last six years, Americans have suffered from a lack of opportunity. Christie knows this. He understands how the economy works. He knows the economy needs to grow. For that to happen, business must be able to expand. He knows that the current barriers to expansion must be removed and said he will take actions to make it easier for business and the economy to grow.
Growth leads to more jobs, reduces unemployment, increases wages, reduces the number of people dependent on the government, increases tax revenue without increasing tax rates and helps us balance the budget.
Boosting economic growth will not only solve most of our economic problems, but will also create opportunity. Christie said that, when he graduated from college, the problem he had was deciding which opportunity to pursue. Today’s college graduates are lucky to have even one good job prospect.
Skilled workers who were accustomed to finding satisfying and financially rewarding jobs have been forced to take jobs requiring less skill, often finding themselves working less than 30 hours per week. New high school graduates entering the job market have experienced unemployment rates near 20 percent for the last six years.
Diminished expectations and lost opportunity are creating a mood of resigned dejection; the “land of opportunity” spirit that made this country shine like a beacon of opportunity to the world has been lost.
Christie wants to restart America so that everyone has opportunity.
Christie becomes the 14th candidate to announce his candidacy for the Republican Party’s nomination for president. There may be another half dozen just waiting in the wings. While many find the crowded field comical, others argue that the Republican Party bench is so deep that there are at least 20 worthy candidates for 2016; this is a sign of strength, not weakness.
Christie will have to differentiate himself from the pack. With a message of “truth, growth and opportunity,” he may be doing precisely that while delivering exactly the message that Americans are eager to hear.